Photo Coverage: 2008 Fred & Adele Astaire Awards
America's only honor recognizing excellence in dance on both stage and film, the Fred & Adele Astaire Awards honored some of the greatest talents in dance on Monday, June 2nd at a gala evening at the Grand Ballroom, Manhattan Center Studios (311 West 34th Street). Highlights of the evening included this year's Award honorees Spencer Liff - Best Male Dancer on Broadway for his dancing in Cry Baby; Karen Olivo - Best Female Dancer on Broadway for her dancing in In The Heights; Rob Ashford - Best Choreography on Broadway for his work in Cry Baby and Dave Scott, Hi Hat & Jamal Sims - Best Choreography in Film for their work in the film Step Up 2: The Streets as well as Brooke Shields presenting nine-time Tony Award & two-time Astaire Award-winner Tommy Tune with the first Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award. Directed by Broadway veteran Lee Roy Reams, the evening also featured former Fred Astaire dancing partners and movie legends Jane Powell and Arlene Dahl. In addition, pop/ rock, singer/songwriter Sylvia Tosun and acclaimed songstress Anna Bergman will raise the roof with their vocal selections. The gala evening benefits The Auditory Oral School of New York, a non profit organization which specializes in teaching deaf and hard of hearing children to listen, talk, think and socialize. Honorary Chairs for the gala evening are Fred Astaire's daughter Ava Astaire McKenzie & her husband artist Richard McKenzie.
Photo Credits Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.
Spencer Liff and Dancers
Jane Powell and Lilian Montevecchi